The Russian navy frigate ‘Admiral Gorshkov,’ has become the first warship carrying Zircon hyper-sonic cruise missiles to begin routine combat service.
Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the ceremony via video link, declaring that the Zircon missile was a unique weapon design and that no other country in the world has anything comparable to it.
The United States Air Force (USAF) recently announced the awarding of a contract to Raytheon Technologies. Worth upwards of $985 million, this contract will focus on developing—and demonstrating—scram jet-powered hyper-sonic cruise missiles.
In June 2021, the USAF awarded three separate 15-month SCIFiRE contracts to Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon to work on preliminary hyper-sonic cruise missile designs.
As an air-launch ballistic, the weapon could be fired remotely, from far outside the reach of enemy air defense operations. At the end of the day, the agency hopes to be able to use a functional HACM weapon in combat situations by fiscal year 2027.
Putin is sure that such a powerful armament will allow us to steadfastly defend Russia from potential foreign threats. It will help to maintain the national interests of our country.
According to Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, the frigate will conduct a voyage in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea.
A ship fitted with Zircons is capable of carrying out high-precision and powerful strikes on the enemy at sea and on land. The unique feature of Zircon hyper-sonic missiles is their guaranteed ability to bypass any existing or prospective air defense systems.
Shoigu added that the missiles have a range of more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles).
The frigate first joined Russia’s Northern Fleet in 2018. Onboard trials of the Zircon began in 2020 and were concluded last year.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Aircraft Technology News 2023.